Round and Round

KunstKapel Zuidas, Amsterdam 2011

Round and Round is a temporary, cinematographic light installation, which combines early film footage with early, rough computer images and translates these into blown up pixels. The exceptional architecture of the KunstKapel - a round, continuous wall - is adopted to construct an installation of 4096 LED pixels, that plays a continuously changing, computer programmed pattern of light and dark over the entire wall. Because the pixels can adjust to a total of 256 different grey shades they can form nuanced and recognisable images in the otherwise abstract pattern. As such, the room is transformed into a zootrope, the first existing device that was able to bring about moving images. The light in the room only comes from the installation and the viewer is right in the middle of it, surrounded by fragments of the earliest examples of motion picture. The material used is originally from a.o. Eadweard Muybridge, the brothers Lumière, Thomas Edison, Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger and Busby Berkeley.

Dim. 20 x 20 x 4.20m, 360º panorama
Cardboard, tracing paper, 4096 white LEDs (pixels) and computer

More Round and Round on vimeo
The making of Round and Round

Video of the opening


Commissioner: Bert van der Lingen, Nederlandse ambassadeur in Litouwen, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Den Haag
Production: Yens & Yens en CM3 custom-made
Construction: Bussel Engineering
Photography: Andries de Marez Oyens